PETERS, Henry J. 1890-1918
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/6/2017 at 08:56:35
Henry Peters living south of Parkersburg, died last week of influenza. He was a son of John Peters, was married and leaves a wife and two children. He was twenty-eight years, two months and seventeen days old. The funeral was held on Friday and the interment was made in the cemetery at the Siemsen church in Pleasant Valley township.
--Grundy County Dispatch (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 January 1919, pg 6
Obituary of Henry Peters
Amid the pleasant surrounding of a happy home and its associates on Dec. 24th, 1918, Mr. Henry Peters, was called to his eternal home.
What do we live for and what is our aim in life? These are the questions that often confront us as we go about our daily tasks. How strange it is that death overtakes us when we are in the prime of life just when everything seems to be in the zenith of power. How frequently it is when we set for ourselves a mark and just as we reach the goal of our ambition fall by the wayside. Such incident has befallen our friend Henry Peters and will in the future befall many others.
The voice of the young man is hushed forever. In the prime of young manhood, being at the time of his death only 28 years old, amidst the kind surroundings of wife and children he is no more. The sad fate of the departed was carried from lip to lip from home to home thruout the community. When the news was ushered with trembling emotion from one to another our entire vicinity was bowed in the deepest of grief for the loved one departed. The idol of a broken-hearted and devoted wife and a loving father of three dependent children. He is no more. Death, the great reaper, is never idle. Here and there are victims that daily fall. Death does not wait for a harvest season or the autumn days of a dying year. How often groundless are our theories, one verdict, one destiny awaits us all. Death is sad no matter where it falls, but in this case particularly sad and time can only heal the afflicted wife and a mother, the children being to young to realize, brothers and sisters and the wide circle of friends who extend to the Peters families their sincere sympathy in their bereavement.
The deceased always of physical strong nature was taken sick with influenza a week prior to his death. All that loving hands could do was gladly and willingly done for him but to no avail. Other complications followed influenza and he was unconscious for several days before death released him of his earthly sufferings. Owing to the nature of the disease the funeral was held privately Friday afternoon and the remains quietly laid to rest in the reformed cemetery two miles west of Fern. He leaves to mourn his early demise, his wife, three children, his mother, five brothers and four sisters, all residents of this county excepting his brother Alfred, who is with the army in France.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 2 January 1919, pg 1
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